Tenant Screening Service

Landlords and Property Managers can sign up here to start screening tenants. Decide which plan we can help you with. We will contact you after signup to begin screening new applicants right away.

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If you own multiple properties we offer a unique online application process. (sign up above first) Here’s how it works

We provide a unique URL you can send to applicants, or put on your website.

The applicant completes the form online,pays the application fee with their credit card. View demo above.

A credit report, application and any additional screening is emailed directly to you (the landlord/property manager).

Tenant Screening

Property owners and managers, landlords, real estate agents and brokers who derive an income through rental commissions are at serious financial risk when a tenant defaults on their rent or other financial obligation. A realtor’s success often hinges on finding qualified prospective tenants who will satisfy their full lease term commitment.

A landlord, property owner/manager or other real estate professional can reduce the odds of a deadbeat tenant, by performing a background and credit check on all prospective tenants and clients. A judgment against a renter will be reported on the tenant’s credit report for seven years. So checking court records to see if a tenant has been involved in legal proceedings with a prior landlord is prudent. Checking a prospective renter for criminal records and running a background check is less expensive and efficient than the cost of evicting a problem tenant. In fact, evicting a tenant in the State of California is a particularly costly and time-consuming process.

Luckily, our tenant screening service will provide
these services and check references provided by tenants. These background
checks are obtained for a nominal fee and come with invaluable information
regarding prospective renters, like whether or not the applicant pays rent on
time, has damaged previous rental properties, has a criminal record, and in
some cases, how he/she is rated and reviewed by prior landlords. A standard
background check can include a local, state and national criminal report, a sex
offender database search and prior address history verification. Ultimately,
tenant background checks cost, depending on the thoroughness of the
investigation, a fraction of the time and financial cost of an actual eviction.
And, many landlords request tenants pay a rental application fee to cover the
cost of their background, criminal and credit checks. Conducting these
preliminary checks before a renter defaults will save the landlord time,
money and a whole lot of aggravation.

Rental screening helps realtors assess their perspective
renter’s ability and willingness to pay the rent. Determine a renter’s track
record of paying rent and other bills. Real estate agents and landlords alike
find peace of mind knowing their renters will pay the rent on time and for the
full lease term. Utilizing a renter screening service allows realtors the
opportunity to assess the renters’ criminal background.

San Francisco blues:

According to the 2014
annual eviction report
published by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; the number of eviction notices filed
with the Department showed a 13% increase from the previous year. In fact,
non-payment or habitual late payment of rent, breach of rental agreement and/or
illegal use of rental units account for nearly 60% of all eviction notices
filed. 1,162 or almost 60% of the 1,977 total eviction notices filed. The
process of evicting a tenant involves several procedural steps that can take
many months to complete, depending upon the type of legal notice given, the
speed in serving the eviction lawsuit, and cooperation or resistance of the
tenant. Additionally, the landlord is obligated to strictly comply with
procedural requirements. If the landlord does not comply with each and every
requirement, the eviction could be delayed by weeks or even months.

Breaking up is hard to do:

Protect your investment by running background and credit
checks of ALL prospective tenants. Tenants with a history of not paying their rent,
specifically those that have been evicted in the past, or have a criminal
record are more likely to cause problems leading to inevitable (but avoidable)
evictions. For landlords, evictions are expensive, time-consuming and sometimes
dangerous. The process can take weeks or many months to complete, during
which landlords are rarely able to collect rent from the tenant he or she
is evicting. To add insult to injury, many landlords are not completely
familiar with the peculiarities of housing laws, and innocent procedural
mistakes can delay evictions by even longer. Even if landlords win suits
against a tenant who did not pay rent, the renters are usually judgment-proof by the
end of the process. The process of evicting tenants sometimes even lead to
violent confrontations between landlords and tenants.

Here is a breakdown of the lawful way to evict a tenant in
the State of California:  

  1. Verify legal right to evict the tenant.
  2. Serve the tenant with a 3-day notice to pay the rent or
    quit.
  3. Allow the tenant 3 business days (Monday to Friday) after
    delivering the notice to remedy the situation.
  4. File an Unlawful Detainer Complaint, a Civil Case Cover
    Sheet, and a Pre-judgment Right of Possession form.
  5. Serve the tenant with the Unlawful Detainer Complaint,
    the Summons, and the Pre-judgment Right of Possession form. (NOTE: This must be
    done by someone other than the plaintiff).
  6. Complete the court process.
  7. Store the tenant’s items for 2 weeks if he or she is
    evicted.

Service Highlights

  • Credit reports in 15 minutes!
  • No hidden charges, NO MEMBERSHIP FEES
  • Personal assistance from an Able Screening certified credit agent
  • Members of the ACA and CAC organizations

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